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The Benefits of Professional Installation: control4 dealers, home automation, home control, installation, smart home,

The Benefits of Professional Installation

Posted October 22, 2014
By Guest
Home automation has been inching slowly into the mainstream, and with new do-it-yourself focused systems hitting the marketplace hard and heavy, consumers are faced with the decision on whether to tackle the setup of a home automation system themselves or to hire a home systems professional to do the job. There are many good reasons to pay for a professional, and the good news is that most manufacturers have implemented technology into their systems that can streamline the programming and installation process significantly. Here are five reasons that’ll make you think seriously about hiring a home systems professional.

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The Control4 Advantage: connected home, lifestyle, smart home,

The Control4 Advantage

Posted October 13, 2014
By Guest
When designed and installed properly by a trained, knowledgeable home systems integrator, a home automation system is able to perform some amazing feats. This goes for systems offered by Control4, as well as many other home automation products on the market. Where the differences between systems often lie is in the engineering of their control platforms. For example...

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What Does a Day in the Life of Home Automation Look Like? [INFOGRAPHIC]: family, infographic, lifestyle, smart home,

What Does a Day in the Life of Home Automation Look Like? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted October 7, 2014
By Crystal Watts
Because your family doesn't live their lives the same way as the people next door, your home shouldn't function the same way either. When you life the automated life, the things your home can do to make life more enjoyable and convenient for you and your family are virtually endless. Check out our infographic to see just a few of the many ways a smart home can function throughout the day, saving time and energy as well as giving you added peace of mind while you are away.

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The One Device Challenge: hc-250, home automation, internet of things, smart home,

The One Device Challenge

Posted October 3, 2014
By Jim Arnold
With the influx of the Internet of Things, many companies are jumping on the home control bandwagon; meanwhile Control4 has been perfecting it for years. We don't believe that home automation is one off-the-shelf device or app that is designed to control your bedside lamp and another that gives you the ability to ramp up the temperature. It's about ONE scalable system, with ONE central "brain," and ONE app that gives you the ability to control it all.

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It's Always the Season for More Control: for fun, seasons, smart home,

It's Always the Season for More Control

Posted September 25, 2014
By Crystal Watts
This week, the transition from Summer to Fall is officially upon us. The changing seasons can oftentimes also change daily routines and even the way you interact with your home. Perhaps the Spring is a time when you enjoy nightly visits to the hot tub. In the Summer you may aim to get out of the house extra early to take advantage of the great weather. Fall may be a time where you spend countless...

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The Coolest Things I Saw at CEDIA: cedia 2014, home technology, home theater,

The Coolest Things I Saw at CEDIA

Posted September 18, 2014
By Miguel Perez
Have you ever obsessed about that piece of tech that you just “need” to have, but you know that it’s not quite in the budget? Or that your wife (or significant other) would never approve the purchase? Well, welcome to my world. Even though I fascinate about a state-of-the-art home theater room in my basement, it’s just not quite in the cards...yet. But that doesn’t mean I couldn’t window shop!

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There's No Place Like Home, Smart Home.: home automation, home smart home, smart home,

There's No Place Like Home, Smart Home.

Posted September 16, 2014
By Shanan Carney
In this issue of Home Smart Home, enjoy a peek into other people's lives from all over the globe. You'll read how home automation technology is making its way to a pocket (or two) of paradise to ensure island dwellers always stay stress-free. You may also learn a tip from an NFL’er on how to keep games front-and-center, even when you're off the field, and downstairs in the basement. And if you're impressed by such a man cave, just wait until you see the fan cave we captured and documented near Chicago!

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Sony X and W Series TV Lineup Now Control4 “Automation-Ready”: audio/video, partners, sony,

Sony X and W Series TV Lineup Now Control4 “Automation-Ready”

Posted September 11, 2014
By Tyler Reed
This week, Sony announced their entire 2014 lineup of X and W Series HD and Ultra HD (4K) TVs will ship with Control4 Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP) technology built-in. This integration means that Sony X and W Series TV’s will be automation-ready right out of the box. Sony has always been a leader in television innovation, and recently has been one of the manufacturers leading the charge in Ultra HD adoption. This addition of Control4 SDDP technology shows that Sony is continuing the trend of innovation with a focus on the smart and connected home.

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The Control4 Experience: audio, cedia 2014, comfort, os 2.6, security,

The Control4 Experience

Posted September 10, 2014
By Susan Cashen
Over the last several months, our development teams have been busy— working diligently to deliver stunning new capabilities and features, along with several elegant changes to our user interface, to enhance the Control4 experience for both our customers and Dealers. Tonight, we unveiled all that’s new to over 1000 Control4 Dealers at the CEDIA Expo...

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Why Should I Add a Home Automation System to My Home?: anywhere access, comfort, convenience, safety, security, smart home,

Why Should I Add a Home Automation System to My Home?

Posted September 5, 2014
By Guest
Think back. Can you remember what it was like to change the channels of your TV manually? When channel surfing and volume tweaking meant bouncing back and forth between couch and console? Although folks from the generation that remembers these antiquated modes of control may not have realized it then, this was highly inconvenient. Fast forward to the era of handheld remote, where we have all the necessary buttons for finding and enjoying a TV program right at our fingertips.

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Automation Hits the Road: for fun, motorhome automation, travel,

Automation Hits the Road

Posted August 29, 2014
By Amber Mansfield
As someone who grew up watching Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jeff Gordon battle on the racetrack every weekend, I always dreamed of buying a motorhome and traveling from state to state watching every NASCAR race throughout the season. When I saw what one race fan from Georgetown, Tennessee did to his 49-foot motor coach, I considered selling everything I own to join him.

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Already Living the Automated Life? Perhaps it’s Time to Enhance That Experience.: customers, upgrade,

Already Living the Automated Life? Perhaps it’s Time to Enhance That Experience.

Posted August 21, 2014
By John Pherson
Investing in the latest hardware without the lastest software is a lot like like buying a Ferrari without an engine, sure it looks nice but you're going to have some problems down the road (pun intended). The opposite is also true, and anyone who’s running Windows 8 on that 5-year-old Dell Inspiron intimately understands the struggle. Upgrading your technology...

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Frozen – Don’t Let the Cold Bother You: climate, comfort, smart home, thermostat,

Frozen – Don’t Let the Cold Bother You

Posted August 18, 2014
By Guest
Since we live in a technologically-saturated environment, I’m now able to watch the Frozen movie and listen to the soundtrack at home, on the deck, in the backyard, in the car on the way to work, at the office, and in my head while I’m trying to fall asleep. At least one benefit of this same technology is that I can finally control my thermostat with those same devices. Now when the princess freezes the town, my Honeywell Smart Wi-Fi thermostat can chill the room to help my girls get the full effect.

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5 Mood Lighting Ideas for your Home: interior design, smart home, smart lighting,

5 Mood Lighting Ideas for your Home

Posted August 11, 2014
By Crystal Watts
Lighting is one of the biggest opportunities for homeowners to subtly but effectively influence the ambiance of your home, whether for your own comfort and convenience or to set the mood for your guests. When skillfully applied, lighting can elicit a wide range of emotional responses, helping to make a party more cheerful or a romantic dinner more intimate.

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